July 18 (): NEET for admission into graduate and post-graduate medical and dental courses across the country has been nullified by the Supreme Court today.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a single entrance-cum-eligibility-test for admission in all medical colleges in India.
A bench comprising three judges in the Apex Court finally delivered its verdict on NEET today saying :
1. The Medical Council of India had no powers to conduct single entrance examination.
2. The Medical Council of India should not force it on government and private medical colleges.
3. Medical/dental admissions already facilitated through NEET will not be disturbed this year.
The Apex Court said that the NEET examination should not be held and added that while the Medical Council of India (MCI) can set down the conditions for examinations, it cannot conduct them, as reported by CNN-IBN.
This decision by Supreme Court has been taken based on 115 petitions challenging the MCI notification on NEET for admission to graduate and post-graduate medical courses held in colleges across the country.
Reactions among the student community are said to be mixed;while some have welcomed the verdict,others opine that NEET was more transparent in nature.
There are also reports that students who have already been preparing for NEET as per the prescribed syllabus will now have to adopt different methods to prepare for different medical entrance exams.
Earlier, it was reported in June that the Apex Court through its May 13 order had allowed the declaration of results of NEET conducted by the Medical Council of India and also of tests by private medical colleges to facilitate admissions for the current academic year.